Fixated on subject matter from Ufology lore to transhumanism, the husband and wife duo of Reptaliens (Portland, OR) kept it weird at The Teragram Ballroom for a one-of-a-kind show the L.A. crowd would not soon forget. Cole (keys) and Bambi Browning (guitar/vocals) are two inseparable beings who found each other at a music video shoot and connected with their taste of music and soon were making incredible music themselves. Releasing their debut album FM-2030 late last year, the proud purveyors of strange stage antics include lizard costumes and dancing masked characters.
Both Cole and Bambi write the music and are inspired by the works of Phillip K. Dick and Haruki Murakami and Paul & Linda McCartney’s Wings. Blending dream pop and abstract choreography on stage, the weirdness came to life as masked dancers gyrated across the stage. It was Portland’s finest getting their freak on with the hypnotic beat of “Forced Entry.” The pulsing beat had the crowd dancing as they asked for more. At one point during the set a reptile-like High Priestess anointed the sinners with a cross and converting some in the crowd with their hit track, “29 Palms.”
The most intimate moments of the night came from the ballads, “Nunya and Olive Boy.” More outrageous costumes made their way across the stage including a Month Python-esque character with long arms stretching from end to end. Reptaliens kept the room on fire with plenty of surprises during their enormous set. The band will be collecting more fans on this tour opening for STRFKR. Dates include the east coast later this month. Do not miss out.